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, but mary is right, there's a lot of economic anxiety and the democratic governor raised taxes, and his approval has fallen below 50% so this is going to depend on coat tails between romney and obama and go right to the finish line. >> and with these ads she's also hitting on this trust issue, he was on the financial services committee in congress. aen she's suggesting in her ads, also, that he is someone who got a favor from the bank in connecticut, even after he had stopped paying his mortgage so that's suggesting that people can't trust him. >> though he and the bank do deny that. >> and really she went so far for the democratic committee to invest in the race, obama is up 12, 14 points in the state, a very blue state, but made this a competitive race which no one expected. >> and a lot of people are independents. >> that's right. still ahead, the supreme court is back in town and the new term promises to bring new controversy. controversy. and next week, bob, these projections... they're... optimistic. productivity up, costs down, time to market reduced... those are good things. ups
of you agree that right now as it stands in this point in history, the obama foreign policy is a shambles, would that be a right word? >> there is no obama foreign policy. >> bill: all right, all right. whatever they're reporting it to be, and poor hillary clinton is running around and doesn't seem to be getting anything under control. we have to think about that. gentlemen, very interesting discussion. next up, factor exclusive. we'll talk to the man who prepped mitt romney for his republican primary debates, right b >> bill: impact segment, president obama in nevada, mitt romney in colorado. both prepping for the big debate tomorrow night. remember when newt gingrich clocked the governor in the south carolina debate last spring, romney came back strong in florida. the man who helped prepare the governor for those debates, brett o'dnell joins us now. you really know this turf because you worked for john mccain when he ran against barak obama in 2008 and now in the primary season, you worked for mitt romney. let's assess the governor's strengths and weaknesses as a debater first. strength
for the obama campaign. lou: you just excited the nation . watching uni right now at the prospect of that. that can be glorious in so many different ways. that comes up next week. our coverage, as always. john kerry coached the president. rob portman coached the governor. we get the feeling that he will be back. carry remains an open question, doesn't it? >> i think the senator will still be the sparring partner from everything we're hearing from the obama folks. i talked to portman in the spin room for a while. and he said that we are not surprised. not one thing. the only thing that we are surprised that is what they didn't hear. know nothing of the 47% take, nothing of bain capital shimano attacks. they were surprised at how passive the president was, and he said frankly the president was not as good as me. lou: well, modest assessment, appropriately. a sparring partner should seek in some ways to emulate the real thing. sounds like he was on track. good to have you with this. thank you so much. as we mentioned. featuring the vice-president of contenders taking place next thursday in d
again on the road to recovery? >> barack obama! >> let me ask you this, people, who couldn't get laid in a whore house with a fist full of hundreds? barack obama! >> that's my favorite am way presentation ever. >> all right, i get it time honored tradition to attach down expectations to make a slight win. >> here is great news for republicans, we have a candidate who is going to do extraordinarily well on wednesday night, oh (bleep) we have a runner! we have a runner! >> what are you doing, christi? apparently new jersey governor chris christie didn't get the memo that romney sucks at this. >> i think you will see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> in whole race will be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> what are you doing, christi? >> for god's sake if romney fails to meet those heavy expectations he will lose the general election creating chaos in the republican party and leave out 2016 -- oh! >> the jersey is strong in this one. >> so all these guys to have a mild familiarity with the english language and it is considered a win. can we hear
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helping dozens of people helping escape the consulate. >>> right now president obama and governor romney are getting ready for this week's big battle. first presidential debate. our next guest says it's the last cans to make that first impression. governor romney needs to figure out how to appear aggressive but nice while the president needs to avoid missteps. john fund is co-author of "who is counting?" great to see you. i was going to ask you first. is it a question when it comes to a first debate of first impression, what is the impact? >> for the challenger in this case, mitt romney it's very important because a lot of american people have only seen soundbites of him. this is almost like a job application. the first time the american people are going to be able seeing mitt romney for 90 minutes straight. therefore, it's very important he make a good i am presenting. for the president. this is president that was elected on enormous upsurge, hope and change in 2008. economy the sour. he has to recapture that and explain to the american people why they should waited longer for hope and
in just a matter of hours. good morning. >> good morning. that's right. president obama will take off for denver in just a few hours. i'm told he'll have a little bit of down time with the first lady before the debate. he'll also do a walk through of the venue. here's how it's going to work. president obama will be given the first question. mitt romney will have the final word tonight. the debate will be broken up into six 15-minute segments for a 90-minute debate. it will include three on the economy, one on health care, one on governing and one on the state of government. the role of government, i should say. now, both candidates will be standing at podiums. no strict time limits. each candidate will have two minutes to answer that question and then the rest of the segment will be an open discussion about the topic at hand. so that is how the debate is going to do. aides with the obama campaign say his goal is to deliver his message in a crisp and clear manner. to not seem too long winded as sometimes he has in the past. so that's really his goal and also to make the case about why
post columnist and ventriloquist knows why obama is ahead, righting the nation which is reluctant to declare a president a failure is especially reluctant to give up on the first african-american president. yes. somebody had to say it, the president is only winning because he is black. i have always said, our system is rigged in favor of african-americans. now, i am not going to win an knapp award, naok, naacp award r saying this but black people in this country have gotten one free ride after another, starting with the first one, and let me -- it is true! it is true! >> okay, let me ask the white people. okay, let me ask the white people. i believe there might be one or all of them in my audience, right? has a black person ever thanked you for freeing the slaves? when i walked up to african-americans on the street and say, you're welcome, they don't even know what i am talking about. it is like we don't teach it in the schools anymore. the point is, americans are afraid to fire barack obama because of white guilt. and we have got to free ourselves from it as george well writes
policy. >> you realize this year's worse than last year, right? >> i know you're an obama insider. >> no, i'm an outsider. >> does president obama understand the federal reserve? the reason i ask is does he know what bernanke's doing? the reason i ask this is that most people only recognize a third to a half of the intelligence reports. >> he's too good for that. most people have reported that he's only gotten and he got it online through his ipad. do you think he understands, do you really think he understands what's going on in the federal reserve? >> i do. any about the operations of the white house, if i get a little kind of in the weeds with you guys here. >> not too much. >> they have a council of economic advisors, they've got the domestic policy council. is obama really going to be able to articulate a defense on fiscal policy. i haven't heard him give any speech where he seems to be in the weeds on this. >> i thought he was a tough campaign strategist. >> now, look, if he takes my advice, which he won't do. i would talk about the following. i have a bill that all kinds of econom
by congress and no cost to the state by three year after that only 90 percent it is not a state's rights issue. it is to reduce healthcare cost. it will pick up the bill for uninsured and uncompensated care. health health costs are starting to fall because of obama care. >> rich, even the supreme court justice who generally favored or at least said obama care was not unconstitutional, said that this part is coercion and black mail if you will . >> not only is it coercion and justice roberts right about that. but what happens when you federalize everything. you take away the ability of 50 states to conduct their own experiments and that should slow down the pace of innovation . you can see the difference of republicans and democrats what should be in the hands of state or national. they are reducing the budgets in the way the federal government are not. i am all for states and local governments having sovereignty. >> rich, that was a state program in massachusetts. >> i -- it was a program. the governor who made it happen is trying to make it possible. >> he defended that in the debate. withee
the retirement age by younger americans. president obama said bad idea. rich, who has the idea right. >> governor romney has it right. fdr proposed sussocial security. average american lived in the 60s and now high 70s. we have the biggest population bulge. baby boomers just going in social security now. and so the idea that we can't follow the president's own simpson-bowles commission and raise it by two years is ridiculous. >> but john, we were made a promise. >> absolutely. i respectfully disagree. there is a dirty little secret of social security that we have no legal right to the accounts we are paying into. the government will say we'll give you what you want when we want is offensive . for individuals who are not socialist and want to own their retirement. they should be allowed out and no longer be a liability on the federal government for a system that is cratering under its own weight. >> mark, you support mitt romney on this? >> well, i hate to say this, but i do support raising the age and i think that it is inevitable to do that for the solvencey for the system . i support something
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has the preview. >> reporter: president obama on the right and mitt romney on the left. questions about taxes and health care. the bar is high for the president and predicts romney's aggressiveness is not a fun balance. >> he has the facts. he drills you. he is tenacious. that is the difference between four years ago and this time. >> reporter: the bottom line, democrats say, is who has specifics. >> the american people at home are looking for details. i think you will see president obama continue to do that. >> reporter: nbc's latest poll puts the president three points ahead with romney gaining ground. >> voters are less likely to be hispanic and percentage of people 18 to 29-year-olds dropped. as a consequence of the po poll being slightly older, it moves to mitt romney. >> reporter: more interesting, the battle ground states. romney closing the gap in virginia and florida, but not ohio where the president is maintaining a strong lead into the debate. and despite what we found in the nbc poll, 4 in 10 americans are interested in the debates, but 60% are going to watch. tracie p
right. so to hash over last night's presidential debate and look ahead to president obama's strategy in these days ahead we're going right now to chicago and ben labolt, the national press secretary for president obama's re-election. so ben welcome into "the war room" again. let's get right to it. what's the day after looking like for team obama tonight? >> well, you saw the president out there on the campaign trail today, calling out what were mitt romney's distortions last night. the president said that the same mitt romney didn't show up at the debate as showed up in the republican primaries. he was running away from his $5 trillion tax cut plan for millionaires and billionaires but we know the facts. the middle class and seniors would have to pay for the tax cut. he talked about replacing the affordable care act but he didn't say with what. he said he would cover people with pre-existing conditions. what he left out is if you have a pre-existing condition and aren't covered right now or between jobs, y
in health care by repealing and replacing obama care with real reforms. >> all right. president obama is spending the entire day in los angeles right now for a private fund-raiser set for later. we are told former president bill clinton will be there. then later a bill concert at the nokia theater. live to los angeles now and the white house correspondent, dan lothian. the nokia theater live in los angeles, what's going on here, entertainment or politics? they are colliding here. two different strategies, romney with arousing crowds in florida and the president taking yesterday off and today keeping it relatively low key 30 days until the big day. what's the agenda in l.a. tonight? let me guess, money? >> reporter: that's right. he took a -- you pointed out yesterday he was celebrating his wedding anniversary because he was actually out of town in denver on the actual anniversary. so they celebrated that over the weekend. then coming here the president has come to california as kind of his atm. he does a lot of fund-raisers here from the hollywood set and others and has been able to p
something with this headline today? that is right. president obama. and we have breaking news from mitt romney who just appeared on fox news and tried to rewrite this comments about 47% of america. >> a new mitt romney took the stage last night. >> first of all i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. i don't have a tax cut. >> really? is that so? >> across the board for all american. >> 20% across the board. >> by 20%. >> i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut i don't have a tax cut. >> if you want to be president you owe the american people the truth. >> i will repeal obamacare. >> the best course for health care is to do what we did in my state. >> he is saying he would not cut education. >> he says we need more firemen and more policemen. >> did he not get the message or wisconsin? >> who is the real mitt romney? >> every day he is in a different position. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy for pbs. >> he is going to crack down on seseme street. >> i love big bird. >> elmo has to watch out. >> i think i get the last word. >> with 33 days until the presidential election moments ago on fox news
the ads have to be up no later than 5:00 monday evening. >>> new details about what went on in the obama administration right after the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate compound in libya. shawn yancy is everywhere at 11:00. >> the president's team reportedly discovered terrorist sightings the day after the attack. the national security aides and intelligence officials were divided how to move forward. it wasn't until post attack footage was analyzed days later that found impact angles suggesting gps devices were used to make direct hits. the very next day officials announced terrorists were behind the attack. >>> american airlines says all of its grounded 757s will be in service tomorrow. the airline pulled 48 planes out of service to make repairs after several seats came loose midair on three different flights on three different days. 50 flights were canceled thursday, 44 today. american is now adding an experimental faa approved device that will hold a row of seats in a track connected to the floor. >>> president obama touting a strong jobs report causing ripple effects in the race
of the country, if he does that in enough turns what the country will shift to look at obama. right now the country has been focused on romney and not the way he'll win the election. stuart: all those that don't watch the full debate. two hours, goes on a long, long time. most won't watch the full thing, they will look at the media's response to a couple of sound bites from it. and that response will be negative towards governor romney and positive towards president obama. and look, i'm going to go further, i think the establishment media is doing is diiservice to america by clouding the issues and promoting a left of center president. >> well, look, i don't want to-- no, no, i'm not in the establishment media, there's no issue there and you know that i've come out. even though i originally supported obama i've come out very strongly against the effectiveness of his leadership for this country. especially on the economy. and there are million, tens of millions of people who have been hurt by the last four years in economic terms. nobody, nobody can change their-- they know what's happen
and it is telling that the right thinks what will unravel the presidency of barack obama and make him a one-term president, the thing that will make people vote for mitt romney is not something from the obama presidency but rather something secret from barack obama's past. something secret people didn't know about him before. if they only knew this about him, his reelection would be impossible. that's the one side of this bomb shell tape. from the other side, this year's bomb shell tapes of paul ryan and mitt romney have not been about some secret past for these men. unless you count paul ryan pledging his allegiance back in 2 2005. the tape that's made a big impact against the republican side this year has been tape of things that paul ryan and mitt romney have been saying within the past year. specifically when they are talking to conservative audiences. so two weeks ago, david corn and ryan grim at "the huffington post" posted video of romney talking to wealthy donors in florida. deriding the 47% of the country that he said did not pay federal income taxes and who were dependent on the g
, the right has tried to make huge news not out of something president obama has done as president but out after a big unveiling, a big, giant, coordinated round of attention for something from president obama's supposedly secret past. this spring it was the glen beck website dousing themselves in gasoline and pulling the fire alarm over video of president obama speaking as a law student at harvard. video at a press conference where obama says nothing news worthy. that was explosive tape, not at all. last month it was the drudge report, which means the romney campaign, it was them again dousing themselves in gasoline and pulling the fire alarm as what was hyped as outrageous video of president obama saying he believes in redistribution. specifically it was that he believes essentially in the progressive tax code that we have had in this country for a time period that's more easily measured in centuries than in individual years. again, not exactly a bomb shell. now they are dousing themselves in gasoline and hitting the fire alarm all over again over a video of president obama speaking as a
: we have a better idea tonight of what we want on inside the obama administration right after the deadly attack on the u.s. mission in libya. this comes as we get new information about the investigation into that assault. james rosen has the latest. >> you should not assume that all that we could do or have been doing is restricted solely to benghazi. >> f.b.i. agents only today made their first for ainto the consulate compound, almost a month after the attacks and escorted by u.s. military personnel. >> we've not been sitting around waiting for information to come to us. we've been actively chasing leads in various ways. >> earlier this week, the "washington post" published sensitive papers that a reporter retrieved from the consulate grounds, including an hourly schedule for ambassador steves for the day he died. >> frankly, none of us was surprised to see them at the site. >> fox news learned security aides to president obama and intelligence officials remained divided longer than has been disclosed about how to characterize the benghazi attacking to the public. the team ma
, bill brings up the question of reproductive rights, the obama care question is certainly still, you know, how much is mitt romney going to embrace massachusetts, his legacy there, in the coming weeks? it's a sharp pivot. >> wasn't just during the debate. he was on fox news saying his 47% comments were completely wrong after doing a press conference the night after saying he stood by the basic premise of it. they are pivoting, the extent to which it goes i have no idea. the extent to which he said he never wrote that op-ed never go bankrupt we'll have the full turn there. to get back to the first turn, i don't think their contradictory attacks by the obama campaign -- it's not that they're painting him as a flip flopper versus an always severe politician. what they're saying is he's lying to you about his conservativism in the debate and that's a distinction between a flip flopper. >> you can be all things to all people in terms of this. >> i guess. >> bill, i have to ask you about the money question. >> okay. >> you know, and were you dismayed when mauer tweeted his disdain for the
billion from medicare. that's not the right thing to do to pay for obama care. also got to point out he's in favor of a tax plan that will kill 700,000 jobs. so he had the chance to answer those questions or not answer them as the case may be, but then -- i think even more important was the chance to talk about where we're going in the future and what he would do and i'd do and what he described was n my view, a reiteration of the status quo. he's going to keep doing the things he's done in the past, have a stimulus if he can, hire more government workers if he can, he's going to pick winners and losers like solyndra, tesla. a friend of mine said he doesn't like picking winners and losers, he likes picking losers. and so -- and, of course, he's in favor of higher taxes. yesterday the vice president blurted out the truth. he said, in fact, they do want to raise taxes a trillion dollars. i don't want to raise taxes on any americans because i want to create good jobs in america. now i take america in a very different direction. first of all, i want to make sure that our policies encourage
a two-point bump. either way it's news. (laughter) right now, folks, the obama people where are december it fromly trying to lower expectations. it's sad, just listen to obscene your advisor and anthropomorphized vanishing sound david plouffe. (laughter) jim? >> we've accepted that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in himselfry and shown himself to be a good debater through the years. we're sure he'll put on quite a show wednesday. >> yes, if there's one word america associates with mitt romney it's "show." (laughter) meanwhile, the romney people aren't playing these silly games. they're just being honest when they hail the president as a uniquely gifted speaker who is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. (laughter) yes! he's a one-in-a-generation statesman whose rhetorical gift touched the human soul! when he speaks sparrows of the wood alight upon barack's shoulders as they did upon saint francis of assisi. he's no mere man he's a silver-tongued angel whose words can cure the sick, soothe the
, this law is just another example of obama's war on religion. which he cleverly passed in 1954. (laughter) but now some brave religious leaders have banded together to fight for their right to partyfy fill united nations. >> stephen: some one thousand pastors nationwide are preparing to deliver a sermon the i.r.s. may not want to hear. they're trying to draw attention to a 1954 tax code that prohibits tax-exempt organizations like churches from engaging in political endorsements a group known as the i ay lines defending freedom is now challenging the code claiming it violates preacher's right for free speech. >> they've marched october 7 as pulpit freedom sunday. >> yes, pulpit freedom sunday. when the thrill of lengthy sermons finally meets the excitement of tax policy. pulpit freedom sunday is the boldest theological movement since casual good friday. this sunday, october 7 pastors around the united states will violate the law by directly endorsing one of the candidates. it doesn't matter which, either romney or not-obama. (laughter) and to try to force this issue into court the sermons
, certainly it will. if the race were sort of fixed in time right now, everybody assumes that obama would win. in many ways that's happening because of early voting all right. so romney needs to change the trajectory in some way. now, that washington post is actually good news for romney in a sense he is winning the expectations game. people assume that obama will be better. so that may mean he doesn't have to do as well as all that to surprise people and say this guy is really up to the job. but the pressure is really on romney to change the direction of this race and to, you know, let people know it's not necessarily over. that can be done in various debates. but this first one is going to form the most impressions. >> john harwood says only twice have these televised debates seemed to shift the outcome of the race. in 2004 george w. bush went up against al gore. in gore's case, a strategist thought he lost that debate in the spin room. so i wonder, matt, how much of this is decided by what the candidates actually say? and how much by the pundits the day after? >> i give the american people
to move for obama, it was during the debates. specifically he made the case then right or wrong that he was a better steward of the economy than john mccain in troubled times. romney's got to make that case in 2012. >> little different when you're running against an incumbent. right? there's not a direct parallel there. >> look at the transcript. he was running against president bush. that these set of economic policies are wrong and i have a compelling vision. whether he can do that is another story. >> your colleague e.j. deion wrote journalists are in search of defining moments and game changers. by this standard, romney needs to game changer. obama can live quite happily without one. so do you think that mitt romney needs to have a big moment or if he is perceived to have won will at least give republicans some momentum. is that really the most reasonable thing to hope for? >> well, certainly it will. if the race were sort of fixed in time right now, everybody assumes that obama would win. in many ways that's happening because of early voting all right. so romney needs to change the
, that the doubters are right and president obama takes office and -- >> i've run the numbers in congress, they do. we have five other studies that show -- >> let's assume it doesn't. the question is what is most important to romney, will he scale back on the 20% tax cut for the wealthy? would he scale back and say, okay. we'll have to raise taxes for the middle class? i guess the question is, what is most important to him, in his tax reform plan... >> keeping tax rates down, by lowering tax rates, people keep more of the dollars they've earned and that matters and that is incentive and pro-growth policy. and creates 7 million jobs and -- >> so that is more important -- >> than anything and more importantly, it is not what deductions are in the tax code but who gets them. and, don't forget, that the higher income people have a disproportionate amount of the loopholes they use and when you close a tax write off or a tax shelter for a high income person, more of their income is... so you can lower tax rates and that is where we begin, the deduction and loopholes to higher income people allows us to lowe
hastings who is covering the obama campaign, and he's in nevada with them right now. i have one quick question for you, michael. what is president obama's campaign reaction? are they amused, chagrined? what is their reaction. >> my reaction, look, they're taking it very seriously. especially the voter suppression efforts. they have what is called a voter protection officer in each of the major swing states on election day. there will be teams of voter protection volunteers to make sure that everyone who shows up at the poll to make sure they can vote if they're legally allowed to vote. and when you listen to the stump speeches, especially michelle obama's sump stump speech encouraging people to vote. they will come home and drive the points home, especially in communities of latinos and black communities, but that has a huge effort using the pulpit and the grassroots networks that they'll have on election day. >> cenk: michael hastings, terrific reporting as usual. thank you. >> thank you. >> cenk: problem number one for romney is that they don't have the goods. they just don't have a
the candidates have to say. there is a noise exception right now, though as we welcome president obama and governor romney. [ cheers and applause ] >> jim. >> gentlemen, welcome to you both. let's start the economy segment 1, and let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about creating new jobs? you have two minutes -- each of you have two minutes to start. a coin toss has been determined mr. president you go first. >> obama: thank you very much for this opportunity. i want to thank governor romney and the university of colorado for your hospitality. 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to a marry me. so i just want to wish sweety you happy anniversary, and let you know a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. [ laughter ] >> obama: four years ago we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost the auto industry was on the brink of collapse the financial system has frozen up and because of the resilience
for a while, but now she is stumping for obama. >> stephanie: that's right. mittens last night. >> romney: last night i thought it was a great opportunity for americans to see two different visions for the country. >> stephanie: both of them. the one i used to have and the one i had last night. >> romney: we have two very different courses for america. trickle down government is one where the president will raise taxes on small business so create jobs. >> stephanie: wow! mittens, look at that. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: he unemployment rate falls to 7.8%. >> yeah, but that's not good enough. >> it's because he is lazy. >> stephanie: and stupid according to john sununu. susan in michigan. you are on the "stephanie miller show." hi, suz? >> what happened? >> stephanie: i don't know. something is going on with the phones. >> what? hello. [ wah wah ] >> ringy dingy dingy. >> stephanie: all right. let's do some of the fun facts then. i'm trying one more christine in california are you there? >> caller: oh, my god. >> stephanie: there we go. >> caller: you g
which was the daily tracking poll this week president obama hit 54% which is right over here. and it's the highest level for october. in fact what does it tell us about how people are viewing. as you can see that goes for a number of years. >> this is the most important number we saw this week. this is the turn in public perception. we have had a turn in the economy that has been developing over time. and the jobs number is part of that. this is fundamentally is the president doing a good job and leading us in the right direction, and throughout the last three years this has been what has been holding him down and now we're over 50%. and if that number stays over 50 -- >> jennifer: that's the highest it has been in his whole term. >> that is very difficult for mitt romney to overcome. >> jennifer: okay the electoral map, we have some swing state polls, florida this is rasmussen and we ask america, two republican-leaning polls, but nonetheless you have romney winning in both of them in florida. >> they are both robo pollsters as well. and this is not necessaril
-armed iran would stabilize the middle east. yeah, right. >> president obama is being criticized for having time to appear on "the view" but not meet with prime minister netanyahu. your question -- why didn't they come out with that right off the bat? >> the attack happened five days after the charlotte convention. democrats had to climb over and over again, spike the football 100 times over killing osama bin laden. that was the one achievement, and the implication is that he was the guy who took care of al eda. you have the sacking at the u.s. embassy, the killing of the ambassador. the administration did not on that story to coexist with their theme and how great an anti terror policy obama had. they deceived the country, sending susan rice out on the sunday shows and attending that this was the outcrop -- outgrowth of a demonstration. everybody over the age of nine could see that it was premeditated. that is why it was ppressed until it could no longer be suppressed. >> i am not aware of the conspiracy that charles has his own strange and wonderful sources -- >> how do you explain her --
and style that obama had. >> those were simultaneous camera shots right there. obama was looking down during the substance that mitt romney was saying -- >> it's not effective. it would have been better if it's like you and beckel. you've been in a cage match -- >> what was he writing? >> maybe he was writing notes to himself. >> for what? >> he was writing i heart michelle. for his anniversary. >> then next to it, i heart teleprompter. i heart it. >> i heart jasper. >> i would write that. >> i must say, i'm surprised that you guys don't pick up that the left has absolutely abandoned obama today. >> they're fair weathered friends. i thought you guys -- i know there is celebration among republicans today. but the real story, to my mind, is how the left jumped ship on obama in the middle of that debate last night because they wanted him to play dirty and he didn't do it. >> the only way you can make a comeback with this crowd if all of a sudden you go on a pilgrimage and you become a pitch person and then you have a reality show. marry a kardashian. >> you're not going to play dirty on the lef
if president obama were to do what the left was wanting and be angry and mean, just like some on the right wanted romney to be angry and mean, i just think they need to be themselves. but president obama, i don't know whether he needs like a five-hour energy shot or something before hand. >> that's advisable. >> remember, the debate is below his pay grade. for the presidency too small a job for him. he wants to be -- he's a citizen of the world. >> let me ask you guys a question, do you believe that what happened last night, i'm going to say i'm wrong, you're right, so do you believe that was a game changer and now the election is all different? i don't think anybody changed their vote -- >> oh, i do. >> he got smoked, juan. here is the thing. opposition research, you have all this stuff in your back pocket ready to release. mitt romney he had the tape, they had the 47% tape. they reloosed it at the specific time. you know chicago, the campaign sitting this with all this research. when are we going to send some stuff out. there is going to be some chicago style thug politics coming. >> are
, but right now, the obama campaign is in an all-spin zone. it is excuse after excuse after excuse. the president's supporters are ramping it up, jumping on the excuse band wagon. if you thought al gore's altitude excuse was wild, well, the latest, some insisting that the president didn't get a fair shake because he didn't have a teleprompter. yes, you heard right. a teleprompter for a debate. >> unfair was that for the debate commission to not allow the president to not use a teleprompter? >> i didn't know about that. but it doesn't sound right. >> you think the debate commission should have allowed the fot use a teleprompter? >> yes, i do feel that. >> do you think it was fair for the debate commission not to allow him to teleprompter? >> that's totally unfair, actually. i mean -- >> why? why not let him use the teleprompter? >> do you think it was fair for the debate commission to not allow the president to use his teleprompter last night? >> i don't know. i don't think it was necessarily unfair. sometimes you can get nervous. so it might be nice to have something. >> it would b
wants obama to win. >> yes, i think it is right. in 2008, it was more of the country in love with president obama. this time they are lukewarm with obama but they hate mitt romney. this is one of the few opportunities that mitt romney has two really comes through without the media filter being there. and since you have to be very aggressive towards the president, but he mostly has to try at the affirmative of the program. it is inevitably going to be a choice and people are not going to take them unless he steps it up. gerri: i want to talk to you about this. every pundit that i have talked to have something negative to say about romney. you name it, you have written that he has wondered, tell me how you see a. >> i think in this case, when it comes to a lot of us saying that the campaign should be more substantive, more forward-looking, it is really good advice and he should take it. gerri: marianne, you know, this discussion about who is in for the president. when it talks about talking points in the polls. are they in favor of the president? here is a poll right here. in f
guidelines thanks to michelle obama, michelle obama school lunch calorie limits. >> michelle obama nutritional school lunches. >> jon: oh, man, oh, right, that's right. because this isn't really about food or kids. it's about big government uber thanny michelle obama who if she said we feed clean air half the country would demand gills because freedom! listen the complaint. >> the usda shouldn't be deciding how many calories we take or how many calories we expend during the day. at some point it personal responsibility, i'm talking about. >> jon: this is america, jack. just because uncle sam is buying me lunch doesn't mean he request tell me what to eat-- he can tell me what to eat. by the way, how do you feel about this. >> the issue should you be able to use, be allowed to use an abd card i food stamp card at a mcdonald's. >> i would rather have my tax dollar going a family buying stuff at costco and bulk. >> jon: right, because this is america, jack! if uncle sam is paying for the meal, uncle sam gets to tell where you to eat. oh! i just forgot, i don't make any [bleep] sense! t
in a choice for the voters between the romney obama agenda. >> gregg: all right. carl cameron, thanks very much. >> president obama arriving in las vegas moments ago. we'll have a live report a bit later in the newscast. >> heather: meantime, controversy growing over the deadly attack in libya. into new calls investigation in assault that killed chris steens and three other americans. more questions are being raised over the obama administration's official version of what happened. top lawmakers are demanding answers. steve centanni is live in washington with more on this. >> reporter: one is bob corker a member of the foreign relations committee saying the benghazi incident is more bizarre every day. he wrote a letter to the director of national intelligence. it says 18 days ago the administration judged it was appropriate for our consulate to be lightly guarded. what has changed in libya such a short time that our f.b.i. agents, most elite personnel cannot safely enter the city? meantime, republicans kept up the drum beat on the administration's response and the president's foreign polic
felt he was being beat? >> it was all stylistic. substantively barack obama was right on, because mitt romney was breath-takingly dishonsest last night. mitt romney was more in control of the debate and walked all over jim lehrer and obama didn't fight back. obama had the facts and didn't use them, but this is what obama does. in 2008 when he ran against hillary clinton, people said he wasn't fighting hard enough and against john mccain and in the health care debate, he wasn't fighting hard enough. he won all the fights. >> what's interesting, our first team and others brought up the comparison of the incumbent curse. george w. bush, ronald reagan in '84, george h.w. bush in '92, the president didn't seem to be on his game. mitt romney made a surprise appearance to a cpac event in denver still courting the conservatives but say if you know people that voted for president obama, tell them to come on over to our side. that's ironic because i don't imagine he knows many conservative republicans who voted for president obama the last time or plan to this time. nevertheless, you're no fan o
could make. >> that's right. i would go after him. he piled on president obama last night. he really did. i mean, everybody they just are all over the place. just on substance. and they engage in some vulgar stuff. >> bill: i want to elevate this thing. >> why? >> bill: i think the general point is are you turning on your guy? are you turning on him now? >> yes. >> bill: because we have heard -- >> -- sense of humor. >> with humor? gutfeld last word on this. >> this may be the first time anybody in the audience actually sees a real life conservative that hasn't been written in an hbo mini series so they might be shocked. >> bill: when i appear then you are saying the culture shock? >> it might be too much for them. there might be some fainting. >> you don't think the free birth control devices is going. >> i will be there to provide mouth to mouth for anybody. >> want to get another shot on the tie? we got about 30 seconds. >> that will look good with a hoody. >> there you go. and if you want to see that big rumble tomorrow night. please go to the rumble 2012.com. less than 5 pucks. you
. enough. thank you. up next, a debate guru tells us what romney and obama did right and wrong this week and how they need to rethink their strategies. úwñoa [ male announcer ] citibank's app for ipad makes it easy for anne to manage her finances when she's on the go. even when she's not going anywhere. citibank for ipad. easier banking. standard at citibank. helps him deposit his checks. jay also like it when mother nature helps him wash his car. mother nature's cool like that. mobile check deposit. easier banking. standard at citibank. >> chris: he has been called the nation's best political debate coach. he prepped george w. bush in 2004. john mccain in 2008 and michele bachmann and then mitt romney in this primary campaign. we asked brett o'donnell to join us today to talk about this week's debate and how both candidates need to recalibrate for the next one. the big i think it is fare to coming out of this debate is what happened to president obama. why did he do so poorly. obviously you were in the room but best guess what do you think his debate team failed to do to prepare him
. enough. thank you. up next, a debate guru tells us what romney and obama did right ÷g÷w >> chris: he has been called the nation's best political debate coach. he prepped george w. bush in 2004. john mccain in 2008 and michele bachmann and then mitt romney in this primary campaign. we asked brett o'donnell to join us today to talk about this week's debate and how both candidates need to recalibrate for the next one. the big i think it is fare to coming out of this what happened to president obama. why did he do so poorly. obviously you were in the room but best guess what do you think his debate team failed to do to prepare him for wednesday night? >> three areas where you have to prepare a candidate. the first s they have to know the issues and policy on both sides. i think president obama s fine in that area. but the last two areas i think his team may have failed. the second is you have to have a strategy going into the debate to execute. and the final thing is you have to be mentally prepared. i don't think the president was really mentally prepared to take on governor romney
at this, florida, 49% right now to 47%, that's big bump from where president obama was leading mitt romney in the all important swing state. >> yeah, governor romney and his wife were down in florida yesterday campaigning hard and getting a pretty good reception. let's look at ann romney with some of the voters yesterday. >> every year, the median income in america-- >> and you are a tremendous asset to your husband. >> i appreciate that. you know, i-- we're doing everything we can, my boys, myself just out there working as hard as we can. >> well, i really believe that your husband is going to be-- i think they will have as much as ronald reagan did, he's going to do bet. >> i felt that for a long time. >> well, the wives of course in in race have high approval rating and favor ann romney and favor michelle obama, the wives are a huge asset. >> and president obama was off the campaign trail yesterday and finally celebrating his wedding anniversary, as you know fell on the night of the debate. so mitt romney was unencumbered on the campaign trail. there was no response that the president c
. it was a debate between a rusty president obama and a well rehearsed mitt romney. >> reporter: right out of the gate, it was clear, mitt romney came to play. >> the president has a view very similar to the view he had when he ran four years ago that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more, if you will, trickle down government would work. >> reporter: president obama sounded a familiar alarm, warning of romney's been there, done that economics. >> the approach that governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch made in 2001 and 2003. and we ended up with the slowest job growth in 50 years. >> reporter: but whether it was health care, jobs, or medicare, it was romney who stood out for his aggressive style. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care. >> reporter: the president made his points in a slower, laid back manner, often appearing disengaged. it's not that h
, sadly, yes. we're pricing in an obama victory right now. we're pricing in a senate victory. the congress will be kept by the republicans but yes, they are. it could be game changing tonight. high-risk theater. if romney comes out and forgets about bashing obama and starts talking about his plan, what he is going to do to create economic reform, lower, taxes, lower corporate welfare, i think that might be a game changer in the market but he has to do that tonight. david: all right. bob, despite the fact you think we're in a recession we are going to have a selloff as a result of that, you do have some stock picks. i was interested in one, holly frontier. it's a refining company. why if you think we're going into a recession would you be interested in refining if we're going to be cutting back on fuel? >> well i think, david, the key reason is, holly is currently trading quite cheaply, six times earnings. really gets back to where their refineries are positioned. they're in the middle part of the country. the rocky mountain area, the southwest part of the country. they're able to refine th
romney alternative. and i think he needs to go right at obama. my main advice would be ignore the moderator. sort of like juan does with you. when one argues with me and ignores all your questions around all that. he has to take do not get -- do not answer jim lehrer. go after president obama and speak to him in the second person and say you have failed unfortunately and here is what we can do differently and make it a sharp contrast. >> chris: interestingly enough, liz, when i talked to congressman ryan about the fact that romney needs a clear victory because of the state of the polls he pushed back against that. does he need a clear victory? >> he does. i think there is universal consensus that he has to do something to shake up the trajectory of the race and a safe performance probably isn't going to be enough at this point. having said that i think it might not be that hard for romney to get a win in the first debate. challengers get the win. >> chris: just by the fact that they are on the same stage as the president. >> presidents sometimes feel on some level a little irr
beginning tomorrow 7:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. > if president obama wins re-election, it potentially sets up a huge battle. we're taking a closer look at what may happen if he gets to replace one of the conservatives on the united states supreme court. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego. prego?! but i've bought ragu for years. [ thinking ] wonder what other questionable choices i've made? i choose date number 2! whooo! [ sigh of relief ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. i've got two tickets to
. >> things do move o. but 7.8% is exact rate barack obama inherited. right? he says, i inherited the worst situation since the great depression. every month since he has been in office, unemployment has been higher than the worst situation since the great depression. in other words, we are right back where he started from. and every month has been worse. how do you say you had a successful economy when the whole time of your administration has been worse than george bush's? i mean, 7.8, is that the best month? that's the best month he had. what have we done? tripled the money supply. you have -- he has the stimulus package. you have all of these things and four straight trillion-dollar deficits. we are right back at the starting line on the economy. this is a failed president. there is no doubt about it. >> greta: the polls are out. some polls, right now, we are starting to see in postdebate polls that the impact of governor romney's win. it looks like governor romney is closing the gap in several swing states. according to a new rasmussen poll. in ohio, president obama is leading romney b
in the right direction. >> critics of the obama administration three years induce new metrics, labor force participation rate. there are other metrics that are much more discouraging. as long as the unemployment number becomes the single metric the administration benefits. >> as opposed to housing starts which is very low. >> jon: we'll have to leave it there. has the media finally caught up with the libya terror attacks? >> let's establish all the facts before we jump to any conclusions. >> administration is still tap dancing around the details about the deadly attacks in libya. why aren't the media pushing for answers? that scenes next on news watch. [ female announcer ] you can make macaroni & cheese without freshly-made pasta. you could also cut corners by making it without 100% real cheddar cheese. but then...it wouldn't be stouffer's mac & cheese. just one of over 70 satisfying recipes for one from stouffer's. >> live from america's fox's headquarters i'm arthel nevil. romney's campaign reporting $14 million following the face-off in denver. the president's campaign and democrats are
're definitely going to see a different obama in the next debate. he will go right at romney. this is going to be an entirely different debate. >> i think that's right. one of the other questions, peggy, will we see a different kind of moderation? this was a brand-new format where jim lehrer, he wanted to get out of the way and said he was effective in doing that. do you agree? >> i completely agree. i thought jim lehrer was absolutely great, and it was a relief. i didn't even know in advance that this agreement had been made that the way the moderator would moderate would be a little more laid back. this is what it was. jim lehrer is old school and a pro. he didn't think it was all about him. he didn't think it was about getting the camera on him. he didn't think it was about him being the anchor with the whip. you know what i mean? he would ask a question, and he would let these two guys either challenge each other or not, either lean back or lean forward, either take issue or not. he left it up to them, that was great because they are the ones running for president, not the critics. >> t
perceive him which is easier than change your record and that is obama's problem. >> right. but because he was painted as being something so outrageous, this person who is a flip-flopper and doesn't know what he stands for and the plutocrat and it was easy to show up and not be that person and i think, that, yes, obama has a difficult record, but, actually i have to disagree with brit in the sense that i think obama did do spectacularly bad. i don't think it was just -- i don't think... i see him as ten feet tall but looking at him i felt this is a person, not engaged and seemed like he different want to be there and couldn't do the basic threshold, i'm at a debate an act like i care. >> chris: a lot of stuff left on the table, 47%... >> yes, they had a bad strategy and went into play it safe and he played it too safe. he didn't -- their attitude was, we're going to -- don't benefit from a fight with romney. >> chris: well, he didn't have a fight with romney. we have to take a break, when we come back, round 2, biden-ryan. stay tuned. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp h
of union rights. no discussion of women's rights, no discussion of bain. >> where was obama tonight? >> stephen: oh, break out the sour cream and bacon bits, nation, because mr. potato head is steamed! you know what, you know what? do you know why, i just got to get another taste of chris matthews here. but before we do that let me just-- i want to jack in right here okay, jack into him right there, so i can feast on his impotent rage. >> tonight wasn't an msnbc debate was it? it just wasn't. i don't know what was doing out there. i don't know how he let romney get away it with it. they are part of your 47%. you want to-- you don't have any chance, what are you talking about. where was obama tonight! he should watch -- -- with was romney doing, winning. obama should watch msnbc. >> stephen: i'll vote for anything that moves! (laughter) folks, i am not surprised that romney crushed it. because this debate was right in his wheelhouse. soul-crushing. in fact, it was so tedious i think man in the front row fell asleep. (laughter) the first half hour, the first half hour, folks. (applaus
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